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  • 04 May 2017 10:03 AM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    Fairfax County Park Authority Press Release:

    The Resident Curator Evaluation Team for applications to Turner Farm will hold a public information meeting on May 17, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Great Falls Grange located at 9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, VA. The meeting provides an opportunity for applicants to present their proposal to the evaluation team in a public forum. This will be the evaluation team's opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback to the applicants, and to receive public comment on each proposal.

    Additional meetings of the evaluation team will be held on Mondays,  May 8, May 22 and July 10 at 9 a.m. in the Herrity Building at 12055 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA. These meetings will take place in the ninth floor Park Authority Board Room. While these Monday meetings are open to the public, there will be no opportunity for public comment. Members of the public are asked to submit comments in writing to the  project manager via Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov by Friday, June 2, 2017.

    To find out more about the Resident Curator Program and additional Resident Curator properties, please visit Resident Curator Program, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rcp/. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

  • 30 Apr 2017 8:49 PM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    The May 9th TownHall on local parks will host representatives from Great Falls National Park (Brent O’Neill), The Fairfax County Park Authority (representative TBD), The Northern Virginia Regional Parks/Seneca Park Manager (Dustin Betthauser), Camp Fraiser and National Conservancy Preserve (Adam Pursell), Friends of Colvin Run (Gene Bacher), and River Bend Park (Julie Gurnee). These representatives will each briefly discuss the opportunities, budgets, and strategic plans for their specific park. There will be tables set up for each park where residents can visit with the representatives and ask questions following their presentation.

    In addition to the Parks program, the TownHall meeting will be an opportunity for GFCA members to nominate candidates to the GFCA Board of Directors. There are currently 2 open seats on the board and the slate will be voted on at the June 13th GFCA TownHall. If you are interested in serving, or know a neighbor that you think would be a good addition to the board, we’d like to hear from you. We are looking for residents that are committed to our community and would like to work with our team to keep our residents informed and keep Great Falls Great! This is your chance to nominate someone! 

    The president and vice president serve a 1-year term while the Secretary and Treasurer serve 2 years. BOD members serve a 2-year term. (Note: The Treasurer’s position is not up for election this year.)

    The GFCA Nominating Committee will take nominations from the floor at the May 9 meeting. Candidates must be in good standing with the GFCA. Officer candidates will be offered a two-minute opportunity to address the general membership on May 9. Similarly, Director candidates will be offered an opportunity to address the membership for one-minute. The slate as of April 25th can be found here 2017 Slate.pdf

  • 26 Apr 2017 2:57 PM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    The Friends of the Great Falls Library and the Great Falls Citizens Association announce that the largest meeting room in the Library will be dedicated on Saturday, May 6 at 4 PM, as The Marge Toni Gersic Community Room.

    The public is invited to attend this special community award and commemoration ceremony. Marge Gersic was a long-time resident of Great Falls who passed away last year. She is being honored in this way since she was instrumental in obtaining the Great Falls Library for Great Falls. She loved Great Falls and was active in community and county organizations, including as a member of the Fairfax County Library Board and President of the Great Falls Citizens Association.

    Speakers who will discuss her many contributions to the community include Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, former Dranesville Supervisor Lilla Richards, Susan Blakely (chief of staff for former Supervisor Stuart Mendelsohn), Karrie Delaney (Chairperson of Fairfax County Library Board), Michelle Miller (Friends of the Library President), Ruth Carver (GFCA board member) and other friends and neighbors. Marge’s son, John Gersic, will also attend as an honored guest. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

  • 09 Apr 2017 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    On April 18th at 7:30 pm, GFCA will hold a public meeting to discuss SunTrust Bank’s application to build a stand-alone structure in the Village. The meeting will take place in the Great Falls Library.

    In November 2016, SunTrust made application to build a new bank building at 778 Walker Road with a drive-thru. That is the current site of our farmers market. In order to have a drive-thru, the county must grant them a special exception. The FC Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors will be holding public hearings and a final vote on this request this summer. No date has been announced as of yet for the hearings or the vote.

    SunTrust has proposed a new 32-foot high bank building, which would be at the corner of Walker Road and Columbine Street. The building would have 3,327 square feet of office space. In front of the building would be 14 parking spaces, accessible by the current road inside the Village Centre. The bank estimates that it will generate 200 vehicle trips a day. In addition to the special exception sought for the drive-thru, Fairfax County is being asked to waive three other zoning rules:

    • To permit construction of a commercial facility on the bank’s 38,000 square foot lot, County rules require a minimum commercial lot of 40,000 square feet
    • To eliminate transitional plant screening that would normally be required along Columbine Street 
    • To eliminate a rule that would require the bank to install a loading space.

    Several GFCA board members met with the applicant in February. Following the meeting, John Colby, a local architect, was asked to review the proposed structure. After reviewing the proposed plans, he met with the SunTrust representative and their architect. He was successful in convincing them to redesign the proposed building, making it more harmonious with the village area. SunTrust will make a presentation to the community at this April 18th meeting. They will present their new building design and take questions from the community.

  • 30 Mar 2017 3:37 PM | Philip Pifer
    On March 22, Fairfax County DOT held a public hearing to discuss the next two phases of the Georgetown Pike Trail.  This meeting was covered previously by GFCA in our newletter and website (see https://gfca.org/Featured-News/4703056).

    The meeting was held and 20+ people attended.  Following the presentation and questions, comments about the plans were generally quite positive.  The Connection Newspaper published a good summary of the meeting their March 29 – April 4 edition, which is available on their website http://www.greatfallsconnection.com (then finding the publication by date or  searching ‘georgetown pike trail’).

    The two trail phases reviewed at the hearing will complete a walking and biking trail from Seneca Corners to Utterback Store Road.  The next phase (called Phase 5) would connect Utterback Store Road to Great Falls Village.  For more information, or if you have an interest in joining GFCA’s Trails effort, please contact GFCA’s Long Range Planning Committee, by emailing planning@gfca.org.

  • 25 Mar 2017 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    To counter tree loss and preserve our natural habitat, GFCA is once again partnering with Fairfax ReLeaf to distribute seedlings free-of-charge to Great Falls residents who will give them a good home on their property.

    Our spring plant distribution will be on April 8, at the Farmer's Market, between 9 am and 1 pm.  Roughly 500 plants will be given away on a first-come first-served basis - so come early if you're interested.

    Seedlings will include River Birch, Sugar Maple, Virginia Pine, Redbud, Black Chokeberry, and Red Osler Dogwood.

  • 20 Mar 2017 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    The Becky Love foundation is sponsoring a race and a fun run on Saturday April 8 at Turner Farm. The foundation raises money for mental health.  See information below, and go to www.beckylovefoundation.org/events for more details and to register.

  • 17 Mar 2017 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Facing rising public opposition from Great Falls residents, organizers of the Senior PGA Golf Championship scheduled at Trump National on May 23-28 will not be using Seneca Road and have withdrawn their request to use the road through Seneca Regional Park for spectator buses inbound to the tournament.  Such use could have created traffic and safety issues along Seneca Road from Route 7 to the Potomac, and also caused access issues for residents and their guests beyond a checkpoint somewhere along Seneca Road (needed to provide security).  Now, the buses will be routed entirely through Loudoun County, and security will control access to the golf course from Seneca Regional Park.

    In a letter today to the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA), the PGA said “[We] are no longer planning on using Seneca Road for any of our bus traffic or to transport equipment to and from the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club. Also there will be no restrictions to public access to Seneca Regional Park during the championship. We will also communicate any additional information that may be useful to you all as we get closer to the championship.”  Bill Canis, GFCA President, said, "GFCA, working with Supervisor Foust and the NOVA Parks Board, communicated residents' concerns to the PGA organizers.  We thank the organizers for their quick and responsive decision to withdraw their request to use the road through Seneca Regional Park, and change their plans to use Seneca Road.  We wish them well with the Senior PGA Championship in May.”

    As a result of the PGA decision, GFCA has canceled the planned TownHall meeting on Mar 20 that was to have discussed this.  Additional information on the tournament and details impacting Great Falls residents will be posted on gfca.org in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

  • 10 Mar 2017 8:08 PM | Anonymous

    The PGA will be hosting the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Course in Potomac Falls from May 23-28.  GFCA has met with representatives of the PGA, and has arranged a public TownHall meeting to give Great Falls residents an opportunity to learn about the event’s impact on Great Falls, ask questions, and provide input to the organizers of the event and to Fairfax County officials.  This meeting will be held on March 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Great Falls Library.  GFCA members, residents near Trump National, and the general Great Falls public are welcome.

    Many citizens are concerned about the potential impact of this event on residents of western Great Falls, especially those along Seneca Road.  Here are some details:

    • The tournament will be held from May 23 - 28 (Memorial Day weekend).
    • 50,000+ spectators are expected, with perhaps 12-14,000 on the busiest day.
    • Official hotels for the event are in Reston, and most parking for the event will be at Dulles Airport and One Loudoun (Route 7 in Loudoun County).  Access to the golf course by private vehicles and taxicabs will be via Algonquian Parkway and Lowes Island Blvd.  
    • There is a proposal for spectator buses to be routed from the off-site parking areas to the Club in a loop. Inbound buses to the course would be routed north on Seneca Rd in Great Falls, and then outbound from the Golf Club on Lowes Island Blvd (see the proposed route map).  This would put buses running (at peak times) perhaps every 15 minutes northbound on Seneca; at non-peak times they would run 1-2 per hour; buses would operate from 5 a.m. through early evening.  For security and traffic control, Seneca Regional Park may be closed during the event.  Non-resident traffic northbound on Seneca would probably be stopped at an appropriate point (e.g. Beach Mill Rd) to avoid the congestion of turnarounds at the end of Seneca near the Golf Club.  GFCA was assured that this routing would only be for spectator buses, and not for shuttles or any other “official” event traffic.

    Residents of Seneca are concerned about the impact on traffic and access to/from their homes.  Other citizens have expressed concerns about possible restrictions at Seneca Regional Park over Memorial Day weekend.  

    GFCA encourages all concerned and interested citizens to attend this TownHall meeting on Mar 20 to hear from and speak with the PGA organizers.  Check gfca.org for more information and updates.

  • 01 Mar 2017 3:24 PM | Philip Pifer
    Two new segments of the Georgetown Pike pedestrian/bike trail are being planned, for completion in 2018. These segments, designated Phases III and IV, will connect Seneca Road (at Seneca Square) to the existing trail (Phase II) that runs from Utterback Store Rd to near Falls Bridge Lane. When completed, the 6 ft wide asphalt surface trail will allow walkers, joggers and bicyclists to transit along Georgetown Pike from Seneca to Utterback Store Rd. A future project (Phase V) will connect the trail from Utterback Store Rd into Great Falls Village, and to Turner Farm - as well as to Forestville Elementary. Phase V is awaiting a decision on funding from the County in the current FY2018 funding process. 

    Here are schematics of the current Phase III and IV designs.

    Fairfax County DOT will hold a public hearing on these plans on Mar 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Great Falls library. If you have an interest in supporting the development of a lasting and functional trail system in Great Falls, or want to hear about these segments specifically, please plan to attend this presentation, open to the public. FCDOT will accept comments on these plans through mid-April. 

    More information is available at gfca.org here

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